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EPA issues electronics recycling challenge

United States – The Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge has been created to ‘€˜make protective electronics refurbishing and recycling practices the industry standard’€™, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Already highly commended by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the EPA challenge demands that all participating companies send 100% of the used electronics they collect to third-party-certified refurbishers and recyclers. Both original equipment manufacturers and retailers will be eligible to take part in the challenge.

According to EPA, Americans discard more than 2 million tons of obsolete electronic products each year, while recycling and collection rates are stuck at 38% for computers, 17% for television sets and 8% for mobile devices. The challenge is in line with US President Barack Obama’€™s National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, which seeks to underline the growing presence and capacity of the nation’€™s electronics recycling market.

‘€˜We are thrilled that EPA continues to support the R2 Standard as one of the premier gold standards in the industry,’€™ remarks ISRI, citing the benefits in terms of corporate social responsibility and the emphasis on product quality. ISRI adds that there are ‘€˜currently 275 certified R2 facilities’€™.

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